In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Perennial Maman (2017)

Aroma: “Spicy sweet roast character. Hints of soy sauce, oak, vanilla. Rich and intoxicatingly complex.”

Flavor: “Massive chocolate, dark fruit, roast leading to a lingering barrel-aged oak character and strong, but not overly hot, alcoholic warmth. Residual whiskey character adds spiciness.”

Overall: “Go big or go home. This is a massively complex barrel-aged stout. The whiskey character is quite strong, but the underlying beer is big enough to balance. The finish is sweet but given the roast, alcohol, and whiskey, it doesn’t come across as cloying. Beers in this style get more points because they are just bigger than everything else, but in this case this is a really well made beer.”